The Tree Journal – Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

tulip poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera: that funky wood with the green streaks.  You might know it as poplar, tulip poplar, or the fiddle tree.  Poplar grows throughout the eastern United States, and reaches heights over 150 feet.  In fact, it is the tallest eastern hardwood. General Description Poplar grows quickly and prefers deep-rich soils.  However, it does not … Read moreThe Tree Journal – Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

The Bogg’s Shave Horse: Ratchet and Key

The placement of the ratchet key worried me.  If installed incorrectly, the lower jaws won’t work properly on the shave horse.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t received any good instruction on how to locate it.  In the end, I devised a good solution that I think will help anyone building a similar shave horse.  Keep reading to … Read moreThe Bogg’s Shave Horse: Ratchet and Key

The Tree Journal – Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana)

Chestnut Oak

Description The chestnut oak grows in the eastern United states, and belongs to the white oak group.  It reaches from Maine, down to Georgia, and as far west as Mississippi.  It prefers well drained soil and inhabits ridge lines and rocky habitats.  As a result, it usually doesn’t grow more than about 70 ft tall. … Read moreThe Tree Journal – Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana)

A Bogg’s Inspired Shavehorse: The Base

Somethings go as planned.  Others do not.  The base of my shavehorse followed the latter.  What seemed a simple, straight-forward glue-up ended up complicated and frustrating.  However, in the end everything worked out and the base is complete. At first glance, the base seems simple enough.  Two sides, sandwich together with spacers between.  The rear … Read moreA Bogg’s Inspired Shavehorse: The Base

Making a Boggs Inspired Shave Horse

Shave Horse

Chair making deeply interests me.  The sensuous curves of a Maloof rocker and practicality of a ladder back captivate me.  Despite this, I have yet to build more than a few Adirondack chairs.  So, I signed myself up for Jeff Miller’s chair building class in November.  In the meantime, I decided to learn all I … Read moreMaking a Boggs Inspired Shave Horse